DUI Suspect Takes Cop Car for Joyride on Super Bowl Sunday

By Topher

While millions of Americans were enjoying the excitement of a thrilling Super Bowl, Ryan Larson of Elkhart, Indiana, was allegedly enjoying a different kind of excitement.

The roller coaster ride of the game between the Saints and the Colts was quite different from the cop car joyride Larson experienced.

According to the Elkhart eTruth, Larson was arrested on preliminary charges of stealing a police car and ramming it into a barrier, as well as DUI, resisting law enforcement and leaving the scene of an accident. The Elkhart County Sherriff’s Department released the statement outlining the charges.

The original call came in for a domestic disturbance at around 7:30 p.m. Larson’s parents were there to respond to officers. They claimed to believe that their son was under the influence of alcohol and prescription medication.

According to the press release, as police were talking to his parents, Larson jumped into Elkhart County Patrolman Brandon Denesuk’s patrol car and drove off down the street.

Police used GPS locators in the car to find it almost immediately. They were attempting to intercept the stolen vehicle when Larson allegedly crashed it into a construction area near the Johnson Street bridge. The crash caused minor damage when the police car ran into barricades that were set up around the construction site.

Larson fled the scene of the patrol car accident on foot, though police were able to locate and apprehend him fairly quickly. The ordeal lasted about fifteen minutes from the time police approached Larson’s parents to the time he was apprehended on foot.

Larson was checked for injuries at a nearby hospital, and then he was taken to jail.

According to police, all of the weapons that were in the car were secure, so a thief could not have gotten to them. Police are investigating whether the officers procedures and policies were effective.

Larson’s blood-alcohol level was .10 percent — .02 percent over the legal limit for DUI – at the time of his alleged escapade through the streets of Elkhart. Since he was driving – albeit a stolen cop car – he was still charged with DUI.

There is no word on whether Larson was allowed to watch the end of the game from jail, though the Colts loss may have been tough for the Indiana resident to watch anyhow.



High School Student Driving 118 m.p.h. arrested for DUI

By Mary Ann

The Chicago Tribune reported that a high school student was pulled over after police clocked her car going 118 m.p.h. near Merrillville, Ind. on September 10.  The Crown Point, Ind. 17 year-old girl told police she was in a rush because she was going to be late for school.

According to the police report, the girl, driving a 2000 Toyota Celica, was pulled over for weaving in and out of traffic.  The officer detected the smell of alcohol.  During a breath test, the girl registered higher than .08%.

She was arrested for DUI and ticketed for reckless driving, unsafe lane movement, speeding and not having a driver’s license in her possession.



Dominic Rhodes DUI: Colts Running Back Arrested on Suspicion of Indianapolis DUI

By Mary Ann

After zipping through the Chicago Bears’ defense earlier this month during the Indianapolis Colts 29-17 victory in Super Bowl XLI running back Dominic Rhodes was arrested on suspicion of Indiana DUI early this morning after state police caught him speeding.

Rhodes was allegedly driving 81 mph in a 55 mph zone on Interstate 65 in Indianapolis around 3 a.m. this morning, according to Indiana State Police spokesman Sgt. Dave Bursten, who described the incident in an abc11tv.com story as a “normal run of the mill drunk driving arrest.” Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Lt. Doug Scheffel told television station RTV6 that Rhodes was taken to the downtown adult processing center early this morning.

Colts officials could not be reached for comment on Rhodes’ arrest on suspicion of Indiana DUI. Prior to his DUI arrest, Rhodes helped fuel the Colts to a Super Bowl XLI victory just a little more than two weeks ago when he rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown while coming off the bench. A backup to Edgerrin James and Joseph Addai while with the Colts, Rhodes’ Super Bowl XLI performance was his first 100-yard game since 2001 and only the sixth of his six-year career. Rhodes is currently a free agent.